Mr Charles Frederick Shillabeer was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England on 2 December 1892.
He was the son of John Shillabeer (1856-1928), a mariner, and Emily Browning (1860-1920), both natives of Southampton who had married in 1879.
One of seven children, Charles' siblings were: Henry George (1881-1949), John (1884-1948), William James Richard (1888-1933), Florence Mabel (1890-1939, later Mrs Arthur Spencer), George (1896-1948) and Richard "Reggie" Pitts (1901-1968).
By the time of the 1911 census Charles is still at home and described as a bottler in a brewery, the family address at the time being 21 Nelson Road, Southampton.
By 1912 Charles had already begun a career at sea and when he signed on to the Titanic he gave his address as 21 Nelson Road, Southampton and his previous ship as the Oceanic. As a trimmer he could expect to earn monthly wages of £6, 10s
Charles Shillabeer died in the disaster and his body was recovered by the Mackay-Bennett and later buried on 8 May 1912 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
NO. 195. - MALE. - ESTIMATED AGE, 22. DARK - HAIR.
CLOTHING - Dungaree pants; serge jacket and vest; grey flannel shirt.
EFFECTS - B. S. F. Union book 995; papers.
NO MARKS. TRIMMER.
NAME - CHARLES SHILLABEER,
21 Nelson Road, Southampton.
The following death notice appeared in the Hampshire Independent on 11 May 1912:
SHILLABEER--Charles, dearly beloved 4th son of John & Emily Shillabeer of 21 Nelson Road, Freemantle, Deeply mourned by his sorrowing father, mother, brothers & sister.
He is also remembered on the family headstone in Hollybrook cemetery Southampton section L5, plot 225 the headstone is in a bad state of repair the top half has been broken off.